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‘Pushy Parents’ regularly make headlines for being too involved in their child’s education, sometimes to the point of detriment. But what about the opposite – parents that simply don’t get involved in school life?
Teachers and parents are two of the most important role models and educators that children have. When parents don’t get involved in their child’s education at school, it can cause quite an impact on a child’s development. Here are three of the biggest impacts that can be the result of a lack of parental engagement:


1) Reduced Academic Success

The general consensus is that when parents are involved in education, their children perform better. Many research studies have explored the correlation between parental engagement in a child’s education and their academic success, with results greatly in favour of parental engagement.
In PISA 2009, research showed that students with engaged parents performed better than children who didn’t have engaged parents. The research strongly showed the correlation between good parental engagement in primary school, and higher performance later in school life.
In The Impact of Parental Involvement on Children’s Education report, a number of benefits of parental engagement were explored. In terms of academic success, one significant benefit of parental engagement with schools was improved exam results at age 16.


2) Poor Behaviour at School

In a report published by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, good behaviour was linked to parental engagement. Students said that the level of communication between parents and their school had an impact on how they and other students behaved.
The response from parents and children in the report were almost aligned. If parents were engaged in school life, they encouraged children when they performed well, and ensured there were consequences for poor behaviour. Children without engaged parents felt more able to undermine school rules and break the rules without much consequence.


3) Less Social Development

Parental involvement in school life can positively impact social development. Children are more likely to have a positive attitude about school when parents are involved, and also have more developed social skills.
Evidence has linked parental engagement to improved social skills, motivation, and self-regulatory behaviour, as well as improved attendance rates. The social development of children impacts their entire learning journey, making parental engagement with schools incredibly important at every stage of education.


Communication Is the Best Tool for Engagement

A number of barriers to parental involvement have been identified, including a lack of time, perceived barriers from schools, and child and parent attitudes. To overcome many of these barriers, great communication between schools and parents is essential.
The reasons for parents to get involved in school life are plentiful, and the benefits for children are immensely positive. When parents and schools can communicate about the best ways to get engaged, children achieve more, behave better, and develop vital skills.


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